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Beware of DUI Checkpoints over July 4th Weekend

With the holiday weekend coming up, DUI patrols and sobriety checkpoints will be put in place throughout Miami-Dade County for the Fourth of July. Motorists beware – sobriety roadblocks are common place during the summer holidays and this year is no different. DUI checkpoints are set up to screen drivers for impairment, and locations of the sites are determined according to high instance of drinking and driving in the area. Checkpoints must be clearly marked with signs and lights to notify motorists. While it is not required for all counties to disclose the location of DUI checkpoints ahead of time, many counties do contact radio stations and local news channels so you may tune in for information.

The Law Offices of Yale L. Galanter, P.A.  remind you to know your rights as a motorist during a sobriety checkpoint. Just as in any other traffic stop, you do not have to provide any information aside from your normal license, registration, and insurance information. If you are arrested for DUI, it is your right to remain silent without a Miami criminal lawyer present. It’s important to know that an individual should never plead guilty without first consulting a DUI lawyer. Miami DUI lawyers are known to aggressively defend their clients from improper sobriety checkpoint practices and misconduct on arrests to save clients from serious repercussions.

The penalties for a DUI in the state of Florida are severe. On the first offense, an individual’s license will be suspended for six months. If it is the second offense, an individual will lose their license for a full year – and receive a DUI record that could haunt a person’s employment or background check for a lifetime.

The best Miami criminal defense lawyers will be able to expunge a DUI charge from an indivual’s record, or reduce the charge to a lesser penalty than DUI. If you are facing criminal charges, a Miami DUI lawyer is your best defense against further repercussions. For legal representation regarding DUI, contact the law offices of Yale Galanter at 305-576-0244 or 954-524-6600. Email the Law Offices of Yale L. Galanter, P.A. at or find out more about us and the areas of law we specialize in by searching through our site at


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